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Chicago Cubs catcher Geovany Soto had shoulder surgery yesterday to clean up his AC joint and alleviate discomfort he was experiencing in the second half of the season. If Soto is any judge, the surgery was a complete success.

“They didn’t go in and repair anything and said every ligament and muscle looks great, and I’m really happy for that,” Soto said.

The Cubs medical staff was pleased with the Cubs catcher’s progress.

“They were really surprised today,” Soto said, smiling. “I could move it all around — it was pretty good today.”

He bounced back from a down season in ’09 to hit .280 this year with 17 home runs, 19 doubles and 53 RBIs. Soto was expected to begin baseball activities by Jan. 1.

“No doubt I’ll be 100 percent by Spring Training and way before that, too,” Soto said. “Our goal is to get it 100 percent as early as possible. I’m going to try to get ready as soon as possible so it’s not a big deal.” cubs.com.

The shoulder cleanup is great, but as we’ve seen for two years now, Soto’s preseason preparation is as critical to his in-season success as any player on the Cubs. Hopefully he maintains his high level of conditioning throughout the rehab process, and stays away from the Twinkies.

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